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About Jen Persson

Jen Persson is Director of defenddigitalme. The independent, non-partisan organisation calls for fair, transparent, and safe use of children’s data in education. defenddigitalme works with parents and school staff, with support from expert advice in the fields of computer security, digital rights, EdTech, law/ethics and privacy.  Jen is an independent member of the DfE National Pupil Database Steering Group. She can be found on Twitter via @TheABB or the campaign account  @defenddigitalme. More info at

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Child safeguarding cloaks state surveillance and data exploitation

Child safeguarding is being used to get away with 24/7 surveillance. The government must not misuse 'child safeguarding' as a false flag in data protection, and apply new rules to everyone but itself.

Why is the government putting health watchdogs on the leash of ‘promoting economic growth’?

Lord Tunnicliffe asked in Parliament on November 20, 2014: “are these new clauses a licence for regulators to approve regulations that kill people to save money?”

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